Thursday, July 16, 2015

Mostly Blue Totes

This set of totes is mostly blue.  I had five interesting blue fabrics that I loved and got carried away by all the possibilities for combining the fabrics in different ways.  Here are the five fabrics I started out with.

The first is a noren, Japanese door curtain, that I bought in Sapporo long ago.  It's a beautiful shibori dye.
This next was a recent purchase from a vendor at the LaConner StashFest.  She said the fabric was a hand-woven cotton from a Miao ethnic minority village in Southwest China, Guizhou Province. The stripe pattern is simple but very elegant.

This is a piece I picked up in Thailand, but I don't remember exactly where I purchased it.  I don't know the fabric content, but it has a slightly rough weave.  The design looks to be a wax resist with an indigo dye.

This is a piece of hand-woven cotton ikat that I purchased in a little village on the south shore of Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.
And the last is a woman's skirt of hand-woven ikat cotton fabric.  I bought this one from a street vendor in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala.

On a couple of bags, I used pieces of this embroidery to embellish the front pockets.  My friend Sally bought this piece for me when she visited Kaross, an embroidery workshop in Pretoria, South Africa.  I had purchased pieces there a couple of years before.  When I learned that she planned to visit the same shop, I asked her to be on the lookout for me.  This was a large piece, but parts of it had already been cut away, I presume to make pillows or some smaller items. I wouldn't have had the heart to cut it up had it been in one piece.

Also, the beautiful bird embroidery on the first purse below is by my friend Francisca who lives in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala.
So here are the totes. See the Purses for Sale page for additional information and photos on each purse.
And I actually made two new totes that are not blue.

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